Blaise Compaoré had been in exile since 2014 when he was ousted from power by a military coup. He's set to attend a summit on Burkina Faso's future with a number of other former leaders. And also in this programme: legal experts in Tunisia assess the impact the new constitution would have if it is given the greenlight at polls later this month. Finally, Tanzania celebrates its linguistic heritage.
Multiple violent attacks during the weekend attributed to Islamist militants have claimed over 30 lives in the West African country.
A violent insurgency has been ravaging Burkina Faso for almost seven years. The government of Burkina Faso revealed on Tuesday that soldiers had recovered the bodies of 79 victims killed in an attack in the northern province of Seno over the weekend.
The victims were attacked while trying to escape a blockade set up by extremists, survivors said. The area of eastern Burkina Faso has seen a recent surge in attacks.
Hope is all but lost that eight miners trapped in a flooded mine in Burkina Faso for a month may have survived. Also, suspects are arrested in Mali after authorities say they foiled a coup attempt earlier this month. And advocates calling for tax reform on the continent say that lawmakers should be on the sharp end of pushing for changes that will tackle an unequal system.
Ougadougou Rescue workers have found no survivors in a rescue chamber deep inside a flooded zinc mine in Burkina Faso, the government and the mine owner said on Tuesday, all but extinguishing hope that eight missing miners could still be alive after a month.
More than 34 years after Thomas Sankara's assassination, a trial to establish the facts has taken place. For some, justice that has been delayed for deceades is finally being served.
Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1987 murder of his predecessor Thomas Sankara in a coup, a military tribunal ruled on Wednesday, April 6.
Forced marriage is illegal in Burkina Faso, but remains common and often involves girls under 18. A shelter in the city of Kaya offers an escape for girls keen to continue their education
Following a military coup a month ago, Burkina Faso's junta has approved a charter allowing a military-led transition. Under the plan, the West African nation is to hold elections in three years.
Around 60 people have died and dozens more have been injured after a blast at an informal gold mine in southwestern Burkina Faso.
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was sworn in three weeks after leading a coup that toppled the government. Observers and neighbors have remained concerned but reserved about the developments.